Empathy Game for Social Skills & Social Emotional Learning

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
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60 + digital
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  1. Practice social-emotional skills with games! These activities help for building empathy, perspective-taking, executive functioning skills, social communication, and social problem solving! Each game comes with a huge selection of student cards and activities so you can play the games again and again
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Practice building empathy, perspective-taking, and social problem solving with a board game! The game includes 160 scenario cards focused on real life social situations at school, at home, with friends, and during activities. After reading the cards, kids will act the out the situation, discuss what someone might be feeling or thinking, identify why it matters to understand someone's feelings, and consider how they might react in that situation.

Digital and Print!

Both printed and digital versions are included. To access the digital version, open the PDF with "digital directions" in the title. Click the link in the blue box to make a copy. The digital game includes two videos on the game board. It must be played in edit mode to allow for moving. Students will move through the game board while answering empathy questions. Click the first video to determine the number of spaces to move and the second video for the scenario card.

This game is great for students with social difficulties and those who are rigid and might get "stuck" in their way of thinking. Use this game to allow students to discuss a variety of social situations to develop empathy and perspective-taking skills. While all students can benefit from empathy skills, kids and young adults who might need these skills include students with autism, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and more.

How to Play

Students will roll a dice to advance on the board game. The image they land on will tell them what type of scenario card to pick up. As they pick up a card, they will also need to spin a spinner that tells them how to respond to the card: act it out, discuss why it matters, consider how someone might feel, what someone might be thinking, or identify what you might do. The first to “finish” wins, but students can continue playing again and again!

Encourage Making Positive Choices

As students discuss and answer the questions from the scenario cards, they will learn to make more positive social choices in real life situations. It is recommended to have some peer role-models in small groups or partners to play this to allow for positive model responses along the way.

Note that both black/white and color options are included. Blank cards are also included to make your own social situations, as needed.

Buy the Social Emotional Learning Games Bundle!

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Use this set of games to practice critical social emotional skills including building empathy, perspective-taking, executive functioning skills, social communication, and social problem solving! Four games are included with a huge selection of student cards and activities so you can play the games again and again. You will save 20% by buying the bundle!

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Bundle includes over 350 pages focusing on teaching, discussing and practicing social skills. Includes 80 social skills task cards, social scripts, perspective-taking practice, social cue cards, and over 30 lessons with student worksheets.


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Disclaimer: These resources and materials are for supplementary support/education purposes and not intended as a replacement for counseling, education, or other necessary supports. Educators, parents, counselors, and others who utilize these materials are encouraged to seek out additional support, as needed.


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